IP News: University of California sues big retailers over LED bulbs

More interesting IP news to share! The University of California is suing several large retailers including Target, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Ikea, (as a representative subset) regarding a design for a vintage-looking LED lightbulb design that includes a clear bulb with a glowing LED ‘filament’.

UC Santa Barbara contends that researchers in its Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center, including Nobel laureate Professor Shuji Nakamura, originated the design by overcoming the uni-directionality of a typical LED.

The suit was just filed with the Los Angeles federal court, along with a complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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